New England Public Radio (WFCR and WNNZ) seeks a creative, highly motivated reporter to cover Berkshire County full time for the station’s award-winning news department. This position will be based in a Pittsfield, Mass. The ideal candidate would be able to work under tight deadlines to produce issue-oriented, narrative-driven news and feature stories for the radio and web about events and people in western New England.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field. Two years professional broadcast journalism experience. Ability to report, research, write, edit and broadcast high-quality newscast and feature material. Excellent communication and language skills. Excellent judgment in evaluating and handling news and public information. Ability to travel to sources of news stories and work hours outside normal business day. Knowledge of FCC rules and the principles, practices and legal aspects of radio journalism. Familiarity with public broadcasting and public radio.
Hiring Salary Range: $37,300 – $46,700 (normal starting salary $37,300 – $42,000).
Apply at the UMass Job Posting page here. with cover letter, resume and published writing sample. Email up to 30 minutes of broadcast samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin May 18, 2015.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.
As part of the national public broadcasting system, New England Public Radio brings its 166,900 weekly listeners acclaimed news and entertainment programs like All Things Considered and Morning Edition, A Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk. Our locally produced programs feature classical, jazz, and world music, and our own award-winning regional news.
Our mission is to provide the area with diverse news, information, music and cultural programs of the highest quality. New England Public Radio is committed to programs that entertain, educate, and inform in a lively, provocative, varied, and sensitive way. We help listeners explore and enjoy the world around them and enhance the quality of their lives.
Opportunities are available in News, Production, Marketing and AudioFiles. These opportunities are designed with two purposes in mind: to provide experience in the area of interest and to help NEPR meet its operational needs. New England Public Radio will conduct an initial screening of applicants and contact finalists for in-person interviews.
New England Public Radio offers 15 paid internships per year at the Five Colleges Studios at UMass Amherst for students from UMass Amherst and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges. Unpaid internships are available during the summer for students who don’t attend one of these schools.
In addition, New England Public Radio offers unpaid news internships for students from Springfield area colleges at our Springfield Studio located at 44 Hampden Street in Springfield, MA.